Friday February 8, 2013

Saturday, Feb. 9

Vaugh Jarrold ministers at Cornerstone Fellowship

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Vaugh Jarrold will be ministering at Cornerstone Fellowship, located at the corner of Route 22 and Johnson Hill Road, as part of its "Saturday Night Saint Equipping" series.

Jarrold ministers internationally as a recognized speaker and prophet, and is currently national director for Overland Missions operations in India. Worship begins at 6 p.m. with the Cornerstone worship team. Jarrold will also minister on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the regular Cornerstone service.

For more information, call 518-686-4062 or for directions on the Web at www.cornerstone22.com. Author at Congregation Beth El

BENNINGTON -- Douglas J. Gladstone, the author of the controversial "A Bitter Cup of Coffee; How MLB & The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees A Curve," will appear at Congregation Beth El on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 10

’Beyond Belief’ and Ash Wednesday

EAST ARLINGTON -- This is the final Sunday before Lent begins at the Federated Church of East Arlington.

At 10 a.m. "we will be boxing up our Alleluias." The Sunday service of worship takes place in Bailey Hall, where all are welcome to join us as our sanctuary is being painted. The day’s message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is based on Exodus 34:29-35 and Luke 9:28-43a, both of which are fantastic stories of God’s commanding presence. The sermon is titled, "Beyond Belief." The choir will be led and accompanied by Music Director Mary Edwards. This is the final day to fill our suitcase in Bailey Hall with much needed over-the-counter health supplies that will go to Somotillo, Nicaragua with one local student as she travels with others from Mount Anthony Union High School later in February.

There will be two opportunities to attend Ash Wednesday services at the Federated Church. The services will begin at noon and 7 p.m. and will include the voluntary reception of ashes. These services are open to all who wish to begin the season of Lent with this sacred tradition.

Senior meals are served on Tuesday and Thursday at noon in Bailey Hall. To participate in the ride share program, call the church office at 802-375-2548. For more information, visit www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org or like the church on Facebook.

The Federated Church of East Arlington maintains denominational ties with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. Its mission is "To welcome all, follow Jesus Christ together, and live God’s Word with compassionate service."

Transfiguration at Second Congregational Church

BENNINGTON -- The season of Epiphany comes to a close with this Sunday’s celebration of the Transfiguration at Second Congregational Church. Worship begins at 10 a.m. with the handbell prelude, "Immortal, Invisible." Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through fifth grade are dismissed for Godly Play and Hope’s Harbor. The middle-and-high school class meets at 10 a.m. to work at the Kitchen Cupboard. Nursery care is provided throughout worship. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s meditation, based on the readings from Exodus and Luke, is titled --"Transfigured --for real or Real?" and Ernie Lafontaine will provide a second "commercial interruption" on re-thinking church, entitled, "Hope into Reality."

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Its building is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or visit www.bennscc.org.

Worship at North Bennington Congregational Church

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes all to its 11 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this Transfiguration Sunday. The sermon, "Cosmic and Divine," will be based on Exodus 34:29-35 and Luke 9:28-36. There will be a children’s time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8. Worship is held in the social hall during the winter months.

Following the service, everyone is invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship. The church is located at 8 Bank St. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 442-5161.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

St. James Mardi Gras dinner

ARLINGTON -- St. James Episcopal Church invites everyone to attend its Mardi Gras dinner at 6 p.m. Traditional food and fun are on the menu. The dinner features jambalaya, red beans and rice, salad, French bread and King Cake. There is no admission charge. The Rev. Scott Neal, rector, and the parishioners of St. James Episcopal Church, invite you to join them to celebrate Mardi Gras and the blessings of our lives before we enter the solemn season of Lent. All are welcome to come and enjoy good food, friendly conversation, the chance to meet new people and greet old friends.

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Zion Church Ash Wednesday services

MANCHESTER -- Zion Episcopal Church invites the community to Ash Wednesday services on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. All services will include imposition of ashes and Holy Eucharist.

This Lent, Bono and Madeline Albright invite you to read "The Hole In Our Gospel" by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S. There will be discussion of this book at Zion Church on Sundays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. during Lent.

For more information, contact Zion Church at 802-362-1987 or office@zionchurchmanchester.org. Zion Church is located at 5167 Main St., between Gringo Jack’s and Ye Olde Tavern.

Bennington and N. Bennington Catholic Lenten services

BENNINGTON -- On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, Masses at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales will be celebrated at 8 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. with distribution of ashes.

Throughout Lent, Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, except at 9 a.m on First Friday, March 1. Evening Masses will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Friday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Weekly Reconciliation (Confession) is offered on Saturday from 3 to 3:30 p.m. The date and time for our annual deanery-wide Lenten penance service will be announced at a later time.

At St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington, Ash Wednesday Masses will be offered at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. with distribution of ashes. Daily Mass will be celebrated Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. The Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, and the recitation of the Rosary on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Weekly Reconciliation is on Saturday from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

For more information, please call Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales at 442-3141, or St. John the Baptist at 447-7504.

Lenten Worship at St. James Episcopal Church

ARLINGTON -- St. James Episcopal Church will present a series of Lenten Worship Services on five Tuesdays in Lent. Entitled "Journey to Joy", the series provides opportunities for people to gather informally to celebrate the Eucharist, share a simple meal and to reflect on the lectionary selections for five of the Sundays in Lent. Participants will meet in the St. James’ Rectory (next door to the church) at 5:30 p.m. and begin with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist where we will hear the readings we will consider for our discussion. We will share our simple supper following the liturgy and continue our reflections until approximately 7:30 p.m. The dates for the gatherings are February 19 and 26 and March 5, 12, and 19. All are invited to participate. You need not be an Episcopalian to join the gathering. Individuals may attend one, two or all of the gatherings. There is no requirement to attend all five.

The form of gathering for this Lenten experience is derived from the oldest traditions of Christianity. The earliest metaphors of the Gospel speak of discipleship -- following the teaching of Jesus -- as transformative through an alternative community and the reversal of conventional wisdom. This is an opportunity to experience, in our own contemporary times, an alternative style of worship that looks back to the Christian community’s earliest form of worship.

Printed copies of the scriptural texts to be read and discussed will be available for each participant in advance.

For a complete schedule of "Journey to Joy" or for more information about the Lenten Worship Series or any other service or program at St. James’ Episcopal Church, contact the St. James Parish Office at 802 375-9952; send an e-mail to stjamesparishoffice@gmail.com, visit www.stjamearlingtonvt.org. or find the church on Facebook. All are welcome.

Ongoing

Free Community Suppers at St. James

ARLINGTON -- St. James Episcopal Church has announced the 2013 schedule of Free Community Suppers. The schedule for the remainder of them is as follows: Friday, March 1; Friday, April 12; Thursday, May 2. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the undercroft of the church on Route 7A at the intersection with Route 313 West on each of the scheduled dates.

Mark your calendars. The Rev. Scott Neal, rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, extends a cordial invitation to each and all to come and enjoy a hearty welcome, good food, friendly conversation and the chance to meet new people and greet old friends. Bring your family and friends. All are welcome. There is no cost to attend.

Established in 1764, St. James is the cradle parish of the Episcopal Church in Vermont. The present church building was consecrated in 1833, built after an earlier one was destroyed by fire. At St. James’ we strive to be a community of open hearts and discerning minds. It practices open table fellowship and all are welcome to participate. Sunday worship is conducted according to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The Rite I Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. Sunday is a quiet and contemplative opportunity for worship using traditional language ("thee" and "thou"). The Rite II at 10 a.m. Sunday offers choral music and more contemporary language. All worship opportunities are child friendly.

For additional information about these events or any other services at St. James Episcopal Church, contact the St. James Parish Office at 802 375-9952; send an e-mail to stjamesparishoffice@gmail.com; or visit www.stjamearlingtonvt.org.

Nation/World

Utah Boy Scouts lead charge urging more time to discuss national policy change on gays

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah’s Boy Scouts have brought aboard 33 other scouting groups from around country to join them in calling on the national organization to delay a decision on a reversal of its no-gays membership policy.

Boy Scouts in the Great Salt Lake Council have sent a letter to the national board of directors cautioning them against making a decision that cannot be undone. The council says it represents a coalition of 33 Boy Scout groups accounting for nearly 540,000 youth scouts.

The Boy Scouts of America’s national executive board is expected to discuss a policy that would let troop sponsors make their own decisions about gay troop leaders and youth members this week during meetings in Dallas.

In Utah, most troops are sponsored by the Mormon church.

New Notre Dame bells make harmonious history

PARIS (AP) -- The cathedral of Notre Dame -- French for "our lady" -- has finally got the prima donna worthy of its name.

Weighing in at six and a half tons or 6,000 kilograms of glistening bronze, this lady is no ordinary person: she’s a bell named Mary.

Mary is in fact the largest -- and loudest -- of nine new, gargantuan Notre Dame bells being blessed Saturday in the cathedral’s nave by Archbishop Andre Armand Vingt-Trois.

The nine casts were ordered for the cathedral’s 850th birthday -- to replace the discordant "ding dang" of the previous four 19th century chimes. After the originals bells -- including the original Mary -- were destroyed in the French Revolution, the replacements were widely said to be France’s most out-of-tune church bells. There’s some irony that in Victor Hugo’s classic novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," the solitary bell-ringer Quasimodo was deaf.

Jean-Marie, Maurice, Benoit-Joseph, Steven, Marcel, Dennis, Anne-Genevieve, Gabriel will ring together with Mary to add a harmony to the French gothic landmark not heard since 1789. Travelers have come far and wide to catch a glimpse of the bronze giants -- on public display until Feb. 25.

Imams visit Holocaust site in France

DRANCY, France (AP) -- Dozens of French imams have visited a Holocaust memorial in Drancy in an effort to show that Islam is a tolerant religion.

The Muslim leaders, who traveled from all over France, gathered Monday night at the site of the former detention camp where around 65,000 Jews were held before being deported to extermination camps, mainly to Auschwitz, during World War II.

The event, the first of its kind since the Drancy memorial opened last September, was attended by Interior Minister Manuel Valls who said it "shows that dialogue, tolerance and the understanding of other religions is indispensable in fighting against anti-Semitism and fanaticism."

Some imams present traveled to Israel last year to pray at the tomb of the Jewish children gunned down in Toulouse last March by Mohamed Merah.

Minnesota governor orders flags at half-staff

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered state flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Immortal Four Chaplains Day.

Sunday is the 70th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the U.S. Army transport ship Dorchester off the coast of Greenland.

In 1957, Congress established a national observance of the event that honors the four chaplains of difference faiths whose heroic acts saved the lives of many men.

According to survivors, while the ship was sinking in 1943, the four chaplains went to each soldier to calm fears and hand out life jackets. When there were no more life jackets, the four chaplains removed their own life vests and gave them to soldiers. The chaplains -- one Methodist, one Jewish, one Catholic and another Dutch Reformed -- went down with the ship.